After hiding out in Korea for two years, the South Korean national who killed Dallas Cook of Suburban Legends in an alcohol-related crash is being extradited to the United States. Youn Bum Lee, who was an executive with Hyundai, has been arrested in South Korea on a fugitive warrant signed by an Orange County judge and will be returned to Orange County later this week.
Lee, 41, was charged in 2007 with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs with injury, and hit-and-run with injury or death in connection with the death of Ryan Dallas Cook, 23, of Huntington Beach. Cook's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Lee, and against for the Hyundai Motor America in Fountain Valley and Hyundai Motor Finance Co. and several company executives, accusing them of helping Lee flee the country to avoid prosecution.
Cook was killed in 2005 in the tragic accident.